Raden Review: a Smart Suitcase for the Savvy Traveler

How many times have you had to sit on the airport floor after stalking fellow passengers for their wall outlet to charge your phone or tablet? Or arrived at the airport unaware you were about to pay for extra-heavy baggage? Or arrived at home with damaged souvenirs thanks to a crushed suitcase?

Well, times have changed friend! Raden is the perfect smart suitcase for the the jet-setting girl or guy on the go.

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5 Tips For Traveling With Anxiety

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”
-Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Most people who have known me since college or earlier were shocked to find out that I travel the world alone. Having suffered through years of severe anxiety, I was the last person anyone would think of when they heard the term “solo-traveler.”

Travel became a type of immersion therapy, which basically means I put myself in anxiety-inducing situations. Armed with my 5 tips for traveling with anxiety, I was able free myself of the crippling fear that was preventing me from creating a life of travel that I love. Now you can too!

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5 Tips for Dating on the Road as a Single Girl

I’d like to welcome guest blogger Alex A. from My Man Happy. As a dating expert, Alex dishes her best tips about dating on the road as a single girl. Who says you can’t be wined and dined while traveling?

Alex A. has seen a lot of the world, and made a lot of mistakes. She enjoys travel, writing, and salsa dancing. She co-founded My Man Happy to share some of these stories with the rest of the world. MMH is a site dedicated towards developing the best version of yourself to maximize your happiness in life.

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5 Hotel Tips From An Ex-Hotel Worker

Picking one hotel to suit all of your needs in a sea of (sometimes) hundreds can seem like a daunting task to even the most experienced traveler. Whether you’re traveling domestically or abroad, ensuring your stay will be comfortable is an understanding concern. Here are 5 Hotel Tips From An Ex-Hotel Worker, so you’ll never have to feel like you’re drowning in hotel hell again.

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10 Beauty Products You Can’t Travel Without

I’m sure you all are all too familiar with hair and makeup woes while on vacation in the tropics. Are you tired of your face melting off of your face? Sick of post-swim raccoon eyes? Check out this must-have list of 10 beauty products you can’t travel without.

Men have it so much easier sometimes. Right, ladies? The only thing I can remember any of my ex-boyfriends worrying about is how fast they could get off the plane to grab some decent food. Meanwhile, I’m trying to fix that sad flat spot on the back of my head, my creased concealer, my dry lips, dry skin – all-dry-everything.

After years of research, successes, and failures, I’ve compiled a list of the 10 best beauty products you can’t travel without, and they haven’t let me down since. Best of all, they all can come with you in your purse or carry-on!

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Learn From Me: Airport Transfers

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Working at hotels has given me a unique view into people’s lives. I’ve heard travel horror stories from dozens of people – everything from simple lost luggage to  your hotel neighbor being a human trafficker. Travel itself isn’t dangerous, but life, in general, can be . You always need to play it safe. Just like you wouldn’t get into a strangers’ car at home, you probably shouldn’t do it in Panama either.

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The Struggle Is Real: Traveler’s Guilt

GLAMTREKKER Costa Rica PoolWhether you travel to vacation, write about it or photograph it, you may experience some form of traveler’s guilt some day. This can rear its ugly head in many ways – from worrying about work, to feeling like you should have brought the kids, or in my case, feeling like I should be adventuring instead of relaxing. (Hey! Even travel bloggers need some R&R sometimes!) Here are a few helpful tips to tame that rambunctious guilty voice in your head.

First off, lighten up lady (or gent)! Sorry to break it to you, but you’re not that important. I know it’s hard to swallow, but you’re not. The world will indeed go on while you relax on the beach sipping piña coladas in Mexico. You’ll be amazed at how self-sufficient people can be when their crutch (you) isn’t available to answer all the questions. Whether it’s your assistant, your boss, or your babysitter – they’ll figure it out. Plus, who wants to pay for those international phone calls anyway? If it a real emergency they’ll find a way to contact you, so relax!

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Trip Planning 101

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Learning through other’s mistakes is something that many of us have trouble doing. There’s something in most of us that makes us feel the need to learn the hard way, whether consciously or not. When it comes to traveling on foreign soil, ‘learning the hard way’ doesn’t sound very appealing to me – at all.  I’ve compiled a list of itinerary planning tips from the pros, so you don’t have to!

 Make an inspiration board

Don’t: Whatever you do, don’t only plan based on your current knowledge and desires. You might miss out on somewhere you really wanted to experience.

Do: Use a site like Pinterest to discover new places and get a handle on your mood for the trip. Spend several weeks just pinning and get inspired.

Minimize culture shock and keep things interesting on an around-the-world trip.

Don’t: If you live in New York, don’t start somewhere remote with a completely different culture – like Cambodia. Save that for later in the itinerary.

Do: If you live in New York, do start with a city that has a culture like yours like London or Paris.  This eases the culture shock and keeps things more exciting.

Use a map to plan your route – it will save you money.

Don’t : New Zealand -> London -> Spain -> Russia -> Croatia -> Australia

This will waste an incredible amount of money on long distance flights that are unnecessary.

Do: London -> Spain -> Croatia -> Russia -> Australia -> New Zealand

This will maximize your savings and time spent on the ground instead of in the air.

Get it down on paper and research flights.

Don’t: Keep your itinerary in your head.

Do: Get your itinerary on paper or in a spreadsheet. Research the execution of your trip.

You might discover an unavoidable layover in Switzerland for your flight from Croatia to Thailand, like I did. Now I’m incorporating 2 weeks in Switzerland since I’ll be stopping there anyway. Plus I hear that everywhere in Switzerland looks good enough to be on a post card!

 Don’t plan too much

Don’t: If you think planning every second of your trip is a good idea, think again. There’s nothing that can sour a trip faster than missing out on scheduled activities. Save yourself the money and stress.

Do: Come up with a loosely structured plan and list of places you want to see. For example, book your flight, hotel, other transportation and a main event. Have a list of places you want to see and their location handy so you can see what you feel like doing once you get there. If it’s a rainy day you might choose a museum instead of a walking tour of cheese shops. Go with the flow baby!